Chinese Cities Issue Orange Smog Alert, State Radio

A cooling tower and chimneys are seen at a thermal power plant on a polluted day in Beijing. (Reuters)


Second-level, or “orange”, pollution alerts  was issued in at least nine cities in China’s industrial heartland of Hebei, Shandong, Henan and Shanxi in response to a wave of smog expected to blanket the region, state radio reported on Friday.

The alerts are expected to be in effect until January 14.

Industrial sites including steel mills, coke plants and aluminium smelters were ordered to curtail output by at least an average of 30 percent during the alerts.

Diesel-fuelled trucks will also be restricted from transporting commodities.

Linfen in the coalmining hub of Shanxi province, identified by the environment ministry as the most polluted place among 169 monitored cities across the country last year, is under a first-level smog alert, state radio said.

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France’s Orange Partners With Amazon Over Voice Assistant Technology

French telecoms operator Orange is partnering with Amazon to combine their respective voice assistant technology, Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard said on Wednesday.

The former monopoly, whose own voice assistant is dubbed Djingo, is the second French telecom operator to join forces in the field with Amazon after Iliad, whose new high-end set-top box includes the US tech giant’s voice assistant Alexa.

Under the partnership, requests to buy products online or a service offered by Amazon could be made via Djingo, which was co-developped with Deutsche Telekom.

“We want to go further,” Richard told reporters.

“We’re working with Amazon with the aim to integrate our AI (artificial intelligence), Djingo and Alexa in our respective devices,” he added.

Earlier this week, Austrian retailers filed a complaint against Amazon with their national competition authority over the US  e-commerce giant’s dual role as a retailer and a marketplace.

The European Commission and Germany’s antitrust authority are also looking into Amazon’s role in the market.

The main grounds for the complaint laid out by Austria’s biggest retailers’ association is Amazon’s role as both a retailer in its own right and as a marketplace where other retailers’ products are sold.

In a statement outlining its complaint, the Retail Association said the “main problem” was Amazon’s dual role as retailer and marketplace.

“Amazon can in theory see the prices of the listed retailers (on its platform), undercut their prices and in the long run attract all that business,” it said, adding that 93 percent of all Austrian online shoppers have made at least once purchase on Amazon.

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Empire State Building, New York Lights Up In Orange To Celebrate Diwali 2018

Happy Diwali 2018: This was the first time that Diwali celebration lit up the Empire State Building

New York: 

For the first time, the iconic Empire State Building was lit orange in celebration of Diwali. The world famous structure turned orange on Wednesday night as Indians across the world celebrated the festival of lights. The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), the largest non-profit umbrella organisation in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut of the Indian community, lit up the monument in a special ceremony.

It was organised by the FIA in cooperation with the Empire State Realty Trust and attended by key members of the Indian diaspora. A special dance performance and cultural show was also presented on the occasion.

Federation of Indian Associations President Srujal Parikh said this was the first time that Diwali celebration lit up the iconic building and was “witnessed by thousands of people, including tourists from all over the world.”

At the November 7 ceremony, Miss America 2014 Nina Devuluri and popular singer Jay Sean along with Srujal Parikh flipped the switch to turn on the orange lights on top of the Empire State Building.

The Empire State Realty Trust or ESRT and the FIA have been illuminating the Empire State Building in August every year in the colours of the Indian tricolour – orange, white and green – for the past two decades to mark India’s Independence Day.

The FIA said such gestures by the ESRT help in spreading the ancient Indian philosophy of Vasudeva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) and also demonstrates a great harmony in spirit and deeds between people of the world’s largest and oldest democracies.

For Srujal Parikh, that was the central message when he organised the India Day parade this year, bringing together for the first time communities from other South Asian and Caribbean nations.

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Hypertension: Orange Juice May Help Manage High Blood Pressure Levels

A glassful of orange juice may replenish your system, but did you know, it may do more than just that? The vitamin C-rich fruit delivers potassium, folate and natural citrus bioflavonoids, all of which are known to support your metabolism and heart health, further keeping you healthy and fit. Orange juice is said to help lower your blood pressure and keep your heart going. According to a study conducted by Cleveland Clinic, participants who drank two glasses of orange juice a day witnessed a significant drop in their blood pressure levels. At the end of the final two weeks of the study, most of the patients had blood pressure within the normal range. We tell you what makes orange juice an amazing drink to help manage hypertension or high blood pressure.

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Orange juice comprises B vitamin folate, which is required by the body to synthesise DNA  

Orange juice is not a sure-shot cure to hypertension or high blood pressure. You would have to eat a balanced diet with less sodium and exercise to keep your heart healthy. Do consult a doctor before you switch to this home remedy.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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6 Benefits Of Fresh Orange Juice, From Weight Loss To Healthy Skin


  • A glass of fresh orange juice is an instant mood and energy booster
  • It’s favourite among the health and fitness enthusiasts
  • You must know all these amazing benefits it entails

It is tarty, it is delicious and ever-so delightful, a glass of fresh orange juice is an instant mood and energy booster. You can pair it with your breakfast or have it after a gruelling gym session. Many of us also like to store some in a tumbler and keep sipping into it through the day. In addition to being a refreshing drink, orange juice is a bundle of vitamins, nutrients and essential minerals. No wonder, it is such a favourite among the health and fitness enthusiasts. Since it is not bitter or too sweet, a glass of fresh orange juice is more likely to find more takers than perhaps a bitter gourd or amla juice. If you are an orange juice fan too, you must know all these amazing benefits it entails. And, if you are not, these pointers will surely compel you to add a glass to your daily diet.

Here Are Some Incredible Benefits Of Fresh Orange Juice You May Not Have Known:

1. Boosts Immunity: Orange juice is packed with vitamin C, which helps boost your immunity and keep you protected from cold, flu and other inflammatory diseases. 

(Also Read: 4 Magical Foods That Could Help Boost Your Immunity)

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Orange juice is packed with vitamin C​

2. Skin Health: Drinking orange juice daily could do wonders for your skin. Orange juice is oozing with antioxidants, most significantly vitamin C, which plays a crucial role in fighting free radical activity. Free radical activity could make your skin dull and also promote wrinkles and ageing. The abundant quantum of vitamin C present in orange juice could help give you a youthful and radiant skin. 


Drinking orange juice daily could do wonders for your skin

3. Weight Loss: Orange juice is incredibly low in calories and has zero fat, which makes it an excellent option if you are looking towards shedding that extra kilo or two. However, nutritionists often advise eating a whole orange over juicing one. Juicing an orange may cost a good amount of weight loss friendly fibres. Consuming a whole orange would help retain fibres, which help make you feel full for loner time. When you feel full you would naturally binge less.

(Also Read: Keto Cycling: This Latest Weight Loss Diet Lets You Eat Carbs On Ketogenic Diet!

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Orange juice is incredibly low in calories and has zero fat, which makes it an excellent option if you are looking towards shedding that extra kilo or two

4. Strong Bones: It is a known fact that the calcium content in orange is legendary, which is incredible for your bone health. But, did you also know that orange is also profuse with flavonoids like naringenin and hesperidin, which are anti-inflammatory in nature and can help relieve arthritis pain. 


Orange is also profuse with flavonoids like naringenin and hesperidin

5. Kidney Stones: According to the book ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing, oranges have high concentration of citrate, meaning drinking orange juice can help breakdown calcium oxalate stone formation and induce relief from the pain occurring due to kidney stones

(Also Read: How Many Calories Are There In An Orange? Use These Tarty Fruits In Healthy Recipes)

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Orange juice can help breakdown calcium oxalate stone formation

6. Heart Health: Orange contains hesperidin; as per the book ‘Healing Foods’, hesperidin can reduce symptoms of hypertension. Pectin (fibre) and liminoid compounds found in oranges can slow down hardening of arteries and can also reduce the bad cholesterol levels in the blood. 


Pectin (fibre) and liminoid compounds found in oranges

Nutritionists and health experts recommend to make a glass of orange juice at home. This way, you are able to ensure that it is fresh and made with the best quality oranges. Packaged juices that you find in markets are often injected with lots of sugar, which is not good for your blood sugar levels. If you are a diabetic, it is always advised to consult an expert to check how many glasses of orange juice you can have in a day.


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Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 Spotted Testing With KTM Orange Alloy Wheels

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The Husqvarna brand will be launched in India during the ongoing financial year of 2018-19

A camouflaged test mule of the upcoming Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 was recently spotted testing in India, and for the first time around the bike has been spied with alloy wheels. In fact, the bike appears to be running on the same 17-inch KTM orange alloys that currently do duty on the 390 Duke. While globally, the bike is available only with spoked wheels, this is a possible indication that the company might consider alloy wheels for the India-spec model, however, right now it’s too soon to confirm the possibility.

Bajaj Auto has already confirmed that the Husqvarna brand will be launched in India during the 2018-19 financial year, most likely in early 2019. The two-wheeler maker hasn’t officially announced the product line for the Indian market yet, but the two suitors for us are the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401. The names translate to ‘Black Arrow’ and ‘White Arrow’ respectively and prototype models of both the bikes have been spotted in India.

The bikes are based on the KTM 390 Duke and will be manufactured in India alongside other KTM bikes at Bajaj’s Chakan plant. This particular prototype still appears to be in the early stages of testing because, in addition to the alloy wheels, the bike is also seen with the 390’s belly pan and we can also see the KTM branding on the engine. This could mean that the company might be still in the process of sourcing parts from local suppliers.

In addition to the platform, the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 will also borrow the 373.2 cc single-cylinder engine from the Duke 390. In the latter, the engine produces 43.5 bhp and develops 37 Nm of peak torque, while paired with a 6-speed transmission. Considering the European-spec Svartpilen 401 offers the same power output, it’s likely to remain unchanged in the India-spec models as well.

In terms of pricing then, the Husqvarna 401 Svartpilen and 401 Vitpilen are likely to be priced over the ₹ 3 lakh, well into the BMW G 310 territory, which should make for an interesting rivalry. Competition, of course, will come from the likes of the aforementioned BMW G 310 R and its cousin KTM 390 Duke.


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Eat More Broccoli, Yellow, Orange Vegetables To Lower Risk Of Breast Cancer, Says Study

It’s common knowledge that eating more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is good for health. It can provide your body with a number of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, required for it to perform various body functions. However, did you know that eating more fruits and veggies can even reduce risk of cancer? According to a new study, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower risks of developing breast cancer in women. The study published in International Journal of Cancer concluded that including more fruit and veggies in their diet may help women fight risks of aggressive tumours in the breasts. These results are especially significant as breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting more and more women each year, globally.

The study found that among its participants, women who consumed over 5.5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day had an 11 per cent lower chance of developing breast cancer than those who consumed 2.5 portions of fresh produce or lower. Moreover, the study also pinpointed certain vegetables that could significantly lower the risks of breast cancer is women. The study names cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower, as well as yellow and orange vegetables as being associated with lower risks of breast cancer. The study indicated the involvement of antioxidants and other micro-nutrients present in these vegetables, in reducing risks of tumour development in breasts.

First author of the study Maryam Farvid from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston said that although earlier studies and research have also suggested an association between fresh vegetables and lower risk of cancer, there has been limited mention of specific fruits and vegetables in fighting aggressive forms of cancer like breast cancer. For the study, the researchers analysed diet questionnaires submitted every four years by participants in the Nurses’ Health Study (88,301 women) and the Nurses’ Health Study II (93,844 women).

(With IANS inputs)

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Toyota Etios Liva Dual Tone Gets New Inferno Orange Colour

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The Toyota Etios Liva Inferno Orange shade is offered in four variants – V, VX, VD and VXD

Following the increasing trend for the orange colour among carmakers, Toyota India has recently introduced a new Inferno Orange shade for the Etios Liva dual tone variant. Like the existing Vermilion Red and Super White colour options, the new Inferno Orange Etios Liva also gets black as the combination colour, also, the Ultramarine Blue dual tone colour which was introduced at the time of the launch is no longer on offer. Available in both, petrol and diesel trim options, the dual tone Etios Liva is offered in four variants – V, VX, VD and VXD, which are priced from ₹ 5.85 lakh to ₹ 7.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Also Read: Toyota Etios Liva Dual-Tone Review

Visually, except for the new orange shade, rest all features of the Toyota Etios Liva Dual Tone remain unchanged. So, in addition to the black top-half of the car, other exterior elements like the grille, bumpers, ORVMs and rear spoiler also get the black treatment. The car continues to come with the same 10-spoke diamond-cut alloys, carbon fibre-styling for the front bumper, and chrome bezels for the front fog lamps. The Etios Liva Dual Tone also comes with a sporty rear spoiler and electrically operable ORVMs with integrated turn signal lights.

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Toyota Etios Liva Inferno Orange trim’s cabin see no change whatsoever

The interior, on the other hand, receives no change whatsoever. You still get the same dual tone beige and black dashboard with everything positioned at the centre. The cabin also gets steering-mounted audio controls, cooled glove box, and 251-litre boot space. The Etios Liva dual tone gets a bunch of safety features as standard like – dual airbags, ABS with EBD, keyless entry, ISOFIX child seat mounts, driver seat belt and door ajar warning buzzer, and rear defogger. Front fog lamps and reverse sensors are only offered with the VX and VXD trims.


Under the hood, the Toyota Etios Liva Dual Tone trim continues to get the 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.4-litre diesel motor. The former develops 79 bhp and 104 Nm of peak torque, while the oil burner churns out 67 bhp and 170 Nm of peak torque. Both come with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard.

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Bali Volcano Erupts, Throws Orange Lava 2,000 Metres High In Sky

Jakarta, Indonesia: 

A volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali erupted Monday, belching a plume of ash 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) high as bright orange lava cascaded from its summit.

Last week, the tropical island temporarily shuttered the airport and grounded hundreds of flights after Mount Agung erupted.

Indonesia’s geological agency said the latest eruption of Agung about 9:00 pm local time (1300 GMT) lasted more than seven minutes and incandescent lava descended some two kilometres from its crater.

There is a four kilometre no-go zone around Agung.

It remained on alert level, the second highest danger warning, while the holiday island’s Ngurah Rai airport stayed open.

An earlier eruption in November stranded thousands of tourists and pounded Bali’s lucrative tourism industry, the backbone of its economy.

Ash is dangerous for planes because it makes runways slippery and can be sucked into their engines.

Agung, about 70 kilometres from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life last year.

Tens of thousands of locals fled to evacuation centres after last year’s activity.

The last major eruption of Agung in 1963 killed around 1,600 people.

Indonesia is situated on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, a vast zone of geological instability where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent quakes and major volcanic activity.

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Canada Hits Back At US With Tariffs On Metals, Bourbon And Orange Juice


Canada hit back at the United States on Friday with retaliatory tariffs on American summertime essentials including Florida orange juice, ketchup and Kentucky bourbon in its opening salvo in a trade war with President Donald Trump.

As temperatures and tensions increase, the measures targeting Can$16.6 billion (US$12.6 billion) in US steel, aluminum and consumer goods will take effect on Sunday, when Canadians celebrate a national holiday and just days before Americans celebrate Independence Day amid a heatwave expected in both countries.

The tit-for-tat duties are a response to the punishing US steel and aluminum tariffs imposed at the start of June. Ottawa also unveiled Can$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) in aid for the two sectors and their 33,500 workers.

Ottawa “had no choice but to announce reciprocal countermeasures to the steel and aluminum tariffs that the United States imposed on June 1, 2018,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Trump in a call on Friday, according to a statement from his office.

“The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch on a way forward,” it said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the tariffs at a steel facility in Hamilton, Ontario where she was flanked by brawny workers in yellow hardhats.

“We will not escalate and we will not back down,” she said, while noting that this trade action was the strongest Ottawa has taken since World War II.

But she said the move was made with “regret” and “very much in sorrow, not in anger” against a close ally.

The list of more than 250 US goods subject to Canadian duties — including Florida juice, Wisconsin toilet paper and North Carolina gherkins, which are labor intensive to produce — aim to pressure Trump supporters key states in November’s US midterm elections.

The penalties will add 25 percent to the cost of US steel, and 10 percent to aluminum and consumer goods.

NAFTA negotiation ploy

Canada and Mexico initially were exempted from the US metals tariffs — as was the European Union — but Trump allowed the duties to take effect June 1 after talks stalled to revamp the 1994 trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

After the EU unveiled similar retaliatory tariffs, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer earlier this week lashed out calling them groundless and illegal.

“These retaliatory tariffs underscore the complete hypocrisy that governs so much of the global trading system,” he said in a statement, and “do great damage to the multilateral trading system.”

Business executives warned lawmakers this week that escalation into an all-out trade war would be devastating to the Canadian economy, which sends about 75 percent of its exports to the United States.

If Trump steps up his attacks on Canada’s economy and imposes a 25 percent tariff on automobiles as threatened, it would lead to “carmageddon,” Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, told a Commons committee hearing on Tuesday.

Canadians, however, are overwhelmingly in favor of the retaliation.

In Ottawa, officials and others have declined an invitation to the US ambassador’s annual July 4th bash.

“I’ve politely declined because I’m not happy with the direction of the American government and their constant attacks on our country,” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told public broadcaster CBC.

Canadian patriotism, meanwhile, has flourished under hashtags like #BoycottUSA, #BuyCanadian and #VacationCanada that urge people not to buy American goods and travel packages.

Neighborly ties lowest in decades

Canada and the US are among the world’s two largest trading partners with an estimated $673.9 billion worth of goods and services exchanged in 2017, with the US scoring a small surplus ($8.4 billion), according to the US government data.

The United States also is the top destination for Canadian vacationers, who made 42 million trips to the US in 2017.

But relations between these two neighbors have plunged to their lowest in decades, reaching new depths at the recent Group of Seven summit when Trump abruptly rejected the joint statement and insulted Trudeau.

On the campaign trail this week, Trump continued his attacks on Canadian dairy, wheat and duty-free customs allowances for Canadians returning home, saying they were scuffing up brand new shoes in order to sneak them in.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross last week defended the Trump administration’s tariffs before Congress but admitted that Canada’s steel industry was “not being accused of directly or individually being a security threat.”

Freeland took note, saying this was “self-evident.”

She also repeated that Trump’s decision to invoke national security to justify the US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was “insulting” to Canadian veterans who had stood by their US allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

Canadian steel is used in American tanks, and Canadian aluminum is used in American planes.

The United States has a $2 billion trade surplus on iron and steel products, and Canada buys more American steel than any other country, accounting for 50 percent of US exports, Freeland said.

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